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82-Year-Old Reveals Childhood Memories at College Orphanage


Lola (Swedlund) Stampe sat on a secret for 82 years. Though she’s not exactly sure why, Lola never told anyone she was an orphan in South Dakota State College’s practice cottage in the 1930s. “I guess I just kind of washed it out of my...
16-Jan-2015 12:00 PM EST

Developing Vaccines for Insect-Borne Viruses


Rift Valley Fever, a mosquito-borne disease, can devastate a sheep herd causing 90 percent mortality in lambs and 100 percent abortion rates in pregnant ewes. Current vaccines either don’t provide long-term immunity or cause spontaneous abortions...
15-Jan-2015 4:00 PM EST

Smart Phones, Social Media Encourage Healthy Habits


Technology may be the key to helping college-age adults make healthier choices when it comes to food and physical activity. The Youth Adults Eating and Active for Health project found that participants in the intervention groups ate more fruits and...
6-Jan-2015 10:00 AM EST

NSF Grant Uses Macrosystems Approach to Determine Fate of Great Plains Wetlands Species


Distance matters. When a pond vanishes, the creatures who live there must find new homes. How far frogs, salamanders and ducks must travel to find other wetlands determines their fate. Through a $2.1 million National Science Foundation Grant,...
20-Oct-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Demand High for Engineers in Midwest


Engineering students preparing to take their sheepskin and depart into the world of change orders and service requests are finding no shortage of companies wanting to take their resumes. A record 105 companies manned booths that overflowed the...
10-Oct-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Hill Training Benefits Distance Runners


Most running magazines contain articles endorsing hill training for serious long distance runners, “but there was virtually no research to support it,” explained Derek Ferley, education and research coordinator at Avera Sports Institution. As...
2-Oct-2014 6:25 PM EDT

October Blizzard in Midwest Not Attributable to Climate Change


When the October blizzard hit western South Dakota, neither man nor beast was prepared. Amid changing climate conditions, what can we expect this year? Using climate modeling techniques, scientists from South Dakota and Idaho found no consensus...
29-Sep-2014 1:00 PM EDT

Increasing Nitrogen-Fixing Capacity of Soybeans


By manipulating the molecular mechanisms that regulate soybean nodules formation, assistant professor Senthil Subramanian hopes to develop soybeans that are more efficient in making nodules and fixing nitrogen. The South Dakota State University...
26-Sep-2014 5:00 PM EDT

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Tunneling Layer May Improve Efficiency of Multi-Junction Organic Solar Cells


Organic solar cells are less expensive to produce than silicon-based technologies, but to make them competitive a method must be found to increase their efficiency. Qiquan Qiao of the South Dakota State University Center for Advanced Photovoltaics...
22-Jan-2015 11:00 AM EST

Shopping for Meat Using Websites, Social Media


In an era when consumers have a wealth of information at their fingertips, where do consumers go for recommendations on meat-purchasing? A pilot study by consumer economist Kuo-Liang “Matt” Chang and a team of researchers from South Dakota...
18-Dec-2014 12:00 PM EST

Producing Fish Feed Ingredients Using Plant-Based Proteins


The use of expensive, marine-derived protein drives up the cost of high-quality fish feed. A South Dakota State University microbiologist and fisheries expert joined forces to produce fish feed ingredients from plant-based proteins, such as soybean...
11-Dec-2014 11:00 AM EST

Can Marital Quality Mitigate Stress of Caring for Ailing Family Member?


Caring for a chronically ill family member can impact the caregiver’s physical, biological and mental health, according to assistant professor SunWoo Kang of the South Dakota State University counseling and human development department. “Higher...
4-Dec-2014 1:00 PM EST

Scanning Robot Helps Put Insect Collections Online


A robot capable of scanning a tray of insect specimens in a few minutes will help make the virtual images and tagging information available online, according to South Dakota State University entomologist Paul Johnson, director of the...
21-Nov-2014 5:05 PM EST

Streamlining Thin Film Processing for Electrodes, Display Screens


Energy storage devices and computer screens may seem worlds apart, but they’re not. When associate professor Qi Hua Fan of the South Dakota State University electrical engineering and computer science department set out to make a less expensive...
21-Nov-2014 10:00 AM EST

Communities Support Wind Farms on the Prairies


When it comes to potential for wind energy, the Midwest has it. However, to harness that power communities will have to come to terms with a landscape dotted with wind towers. That’s a reality people are willing to accept, according assistant...
13-Nov-2014 10:00 AM EST

Catching Fall Foliage Colors Across America


Catching the fall foliage at its peak in the United States just became a little easier, thanks to the work of senior scientist Xiaoyang Zhang in the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence at South Dakota State University. He and research scientist...
3-Nov-2014 4:00 PM EST

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